Excessive consumption of alcohol over a long period of time can result in serious liver disease. One of the largest threats to the health of heavy drinkers is damage to the liver. Alcoholic liver disease is inflammation that has progressed to fibrosis and scarring of the liver from excessive alcohol drinking, says Dr. Fariba Javadi, assistant professor of gastroenterology at SIU School of Medicine.
She explains the amount of alcohol that causes liver problems.
Alcoholic liver disease doesn’t usually have symptoms, but fat in the liver cells causes inflammation or a hepatitis, which can be diagnosed by blood tests. With continued excessive alcohol consumption the disease progresses to cirrhosis of the liver, which causes symptoms in patients.